Touch screen panel optimises multihead weigher performance

By Rory Harrington

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Touch screen panel optimises multihead weigher performance
The introduction of a new touch screen control panel helps easy, safe and efficient operation of its multihead weigher with analytical systems that could help reduce downtime and boost throughput, said Bilwinco.

The Denmark-based company said its HMI touch screen control panel enhances ease of operation of the weigher. The 15” display has a clear menu system that is easy to read and highlights significant text icons that give the operator easy access to start, stop and adjust the operation of the equipment, company sales manager Philip Dahl told FoodProductionDaily.com.

The company introduced the equipment at the IFFA trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, held earlier this month. The system records all historical performance and production data, which can be uploaded to the company’s computer network via a USB connection.

“This means clients have easy access to all processing statistics, and produces performance graphs to optimise analysis,”​ said Dahl. “The information can also be linked directly to a personal computer and can automatically send updated production to a company’s production planning department for almost real time analysis.”

Downtime reduction

Analysts can see machine outputs over eight hours which means potential problems can be spotted and rectified early on – thus increasing the potential to “iron out downtime problems”​ and improve processing speeds, he added. The system can also create an historical log of errors – which makes it possible to determine the time and reason for problems.

The panel is cased in a stainless steel frame with sealing calls IP65 – which means it is adapted for wet environments with frequent cleaning. Touch-sensitive surfaces rather than physical buttons and a minimum of seams and edges are also part of the product’s clean design.

The system also has a web camera – with a zoom feature - which can be connected to give a top view of the multihead weigher.

“Because of space restrictions, many companies cannot install a platform to inspect the top of the weigher,”​ said the sales manager. “The camera allow for quick, effective and optimal inspection.”

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